Niagara Wine Country USA Farm Dinner Gallery

Our first farm dinner of the season was blessed with spectacular weather and an amazing crowd of wine and food enthusiasts. Held at Eveningside Vineyards with a stop at Arrowhead Spring Winery, the event revealed how a local bounty of food and wine cannot be beat. Here’s a link to

A Monster of a Montepulicano

Montepulciano D’Abruzzo is usually associated with easy-going table reds from the Abruzzo region. In this country we often see them in the magnum 1.5 liter bottles and they’re generally consumed in their youth with any number of Italian dishes. Obviously that’s only a narrow perception if you’ve experienced the many

Spring is Sparkling Rosé from Alsace

Why break your budget with Champagne when you can just as easily satisfy your appetite for bubbly with a traditional method sparkling rosé from Alsace? That’s what we were thinking when we picked up this Cremant D’Alsace Rosé Brut made from 100% pinot noir grapes. While most associations with Alsace

Brunello Declassified

Acquiring a taste for Brunello di Montalcino can be a bittersweet endeavor. Once you’ve experienced a perfectly balanced, meticulously aged wine made from Sangiovese Grosso it’s not easy to go back to the more modest interpretations of Sangiovese you’d taste in Chianti and Chianti Classico. That would be perfectly expectable

Barbera d’Asti Fighting Above Its Weight Class

Italy’s Piedmont region has to be of the most respected red wine producing regions in the world. It’s here where greatness is not defined by any one variety or blend. The three main varieties of Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto provide the raw materials for a wide range of reds that

Puglia’s Copertino Reserve 2005

There’s a perception to many that Puglia – the region that forms the “heel” of Italy – is home to only bulk wines. It may have been the proliferation of inexpensive Primitivo and it’s inherent similarities to Zinfandel that have shaped this idea or the fact that this hot region

Volcanos Make For Great Wines: Benanti Etna Rosso

Sicily is hot…literally and figuratively. While the sun-bathed vineyards of the island are blessed with an ideal Mediterranean maritime climate, it also boasts some of the highest elevated vineyards in the hemisphere, many of which are planted in volcanic soils of Mount Etna. Native varieties like Nerello Mascalese and Nerello

Skerk’s Amazing Ograde Orange Wine

There hasn’t been a more polarizing style of wine to take the wine geek world by storm than the “orange wine” movement that seemed to come out of nowhere just a few years ago. For lack of a better term orange wines – wines made from including the skins of

Tuscany’s History of Being Super

Capezzana’s 2009 Barco Reale di Carmignano is the ultimate expression of the value the historic DOC of Barco Reale di Carmignano can offer. In this bottle there’s a satisfying combination of flavor and history as this region – in as early as the 18th century – began blending Sangiovese and

Making Room for a Distinctively Delicious Rioja

It’s on the clay and calcerous slopes of Rioja – specifically the cool zone of Lanciego – where old bush vines farmed by the descendents of the same families who’ve been here for two centuries produce the grapes that make up Telmo Rodriguez’s wines. Rioja’s go-to grapes of Tempranillo, Graciano